Nope, we didn’t buy a place on the lake or snag a condo with an ocean view. The water came to us.
Yesterday, it started raining while we were having lunch after church at our favorite rib place. No big deal. We just had to make a mad dash back to our car after we polished off our meal.
We settled in for a little football. It continued to rain, harder now, peppering the windows and drumming merrily on the roof. The storm upset our terrier, Mack, but he’s always been a scaredy-cat when the sky is falling. We put his “Thunder Shirt” on him and encouraged him to snuggle into his crate, his go-to “happy place.”
The rain continued to fall. Finally, we ventured a look outside.
This is our side yard. Everything that’s currently under water is ordinarily a lush expanse of grass all the way to the treeline. Now we have a shallow lake lapping against the railroad ties next to the gravel drive. Beyond the walnut trees and evergreens, there’s a drainage ditch that’s about six feet deep. You can see that it’s running full of reddish-brown water.
The view from the front yard is only marginally more comforting. The little pond across the street is normally just a four feet deep depression. It collects run-off from the other side of our oval-shaped neighborhood, then empties into the drainage ditch on its way to a lower place. It’s still flowing strong. As long as there is no blockage downstream, we should be good.
When we bought this place, I studied the obvious drainage features around the perimeter of our property. I went to city hall to check on whether or not the house was in a flood plan. It is not. We’ve tried to buy flood insurance, only to be told we weren’t eligible.
We are NOT in a flood plan. All the topographical maps say so.
I wonder if they told the folks in Baton Rouge the same thing…
How about you? Have you ever been in a flood or some other natural disaster?
In THE COLDWATER WARM HEARTS CLUB, my heroine Lacy Evans has some disasters of her own. Unfortunately, they’re of her own making!
Good thing Jake Tyler, my wounded warrior hero, is ready to help her find her way home.
This book is coming out in just a few days–September 27th! The early reviews have been terrific!
“The heart-tugging scenes, stellar characters, captivating secondary storylines, and small-town charisma will whet readers’ appetites for a return visit to Coldwater.” – Publishers Weekly
If you’d like to visit a place that’s a cross between Mayberry and Lake Woebegone, I invite you to pre-order your copy of THE COLDWATER WARM HEARTS CLUB.
When you do, be sure to enter the pre-order contest at Kensington Publishing. You could win a $250 Visa card for yourself and another $250 will be donated in your honor to Fisher House Foundation, a terrific organization that benefits military families.